Where to beat the heat…

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for hot weather for parts of the Puget Sound area this weekend. Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 80s to mid 90s on Friday through Sunday.

The Pierce County Department of Emergency Management reminds everyone to stay out of the heat as much as they can, stay hydrated, and to check on elderly neighbors during this time. Also, do not leave children or pets in cars unattended at all—temperatures can quickly become deadly.

Citizens are encouraged to take advantage of cooler air in public buildings such as Pierce County libraries, local malls, movie theaters, and other large stores. Other facilities that are open include:

•Anderson Island Fire Department, 12207 Lake Josephine Blvd. 8am – 4pm, Mon – Fri
•Bonney Lake Senior Center, 19304 Bonney Lk Blvd 8am – 4pm, Mon – Fri
•City of Buckley Multi Purpose Center, 811 East Main 8am – 3pm Mon – Tues; 8am – 1pm Wed – Fri
•Chapel Hill Church, 7700 Skansie Ave. Gig Harbor 9am – 9pm, Sat – Thurs (normal operating hours plus Fri, June 26)
•DuPont Fire Station 1780 Civic Drive Noon – 10pm when temps in 90’s
•Fife Community Center, 2111 54th Ave. E 8:30am – 6:30pm Mon – Wed; 8:30am – 5pm Thurs – Fri
•Mountain View Community Center, 3607 122nd Ave E. Edgewood 9am – 5pm Mon-Fri (Thur to 7pm) 9am – noon Sat.
•South Hill Mall, 3500 S. Meridian, Puyallup 10am – 9pm Mon – Sat; 11am – 6pm Sun
•Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 S. C St., Spanaway 6am – 10pm daily
•Steilacoom Community Center, 2301 Worthington St 9am – 8pm Mon – Thurs; 9am – 5pm Fri The following locations allow domesticated pets to come in with their owners to get out of the heat. Pets need to be on a leash or in a crate and owners must provide water if they plan on being in the facility for long periods of time.
• Petco: hours may vary store to store
• Petsmart: 9 am – 9 pm, Mon – Sat., 10-6 on Sun, all Petsmart stores in Pierce County
• VCA (Veterinary Centers of America): Pacific Animal Hospital Pac Ave, Pacific Ave. S., Open 24 hrs/day

For more information on those most at risk and how to avoid heat-related illnesses visit the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department or the National Weather Service websites.

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